March 16, 2013

FIFA World Cup 2014 - March 2013 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments (UEFA zone)

On the road to 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil, some match officials who are on the short list for this tournament face important tests at this matchday, such as Pavel Královec of Czech Republic who will take charge of the direct duel of the two EURO 2012 hosting countries. Besides, there are several other interesting appointments that have been unveiled by FIFA a few days ago.

The referee appointments for the 26th March will be provided in a separate post soon.

Wolfgang Stark (GER) will attend Budapest (c)

Group A
22/03/13, 18:00, Zagreb
Croatia - Serbia
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Barış Simsek (TUR)

22/03/13, 20:00, Glasgow
Scotland - Wales
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Dansault (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

22/03/13, 20:45, Skopje
FYR Macedonia - Belgium
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)

Group B
22/03/13, 18:00, Sofia
Bulgaria - Malta
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Fourth Official: Menashe Masiah (ISR)

22/03/13, 20:45, Olomouc
Czech Republic - Denmark
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Fourth Official: Artur Soares Dias (POR)

Group C
22/03/13, 20:30, Vienna
Austria - Faroe Islands
Referee: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)

22/03/13, 20:45, Solna
Sweden - Ireland
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)

22/03/13, 00:00, Astana
Kazakhstan - Germany
Referee: Anastassios Kakos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Dimitrios Tatsis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Athanassios Giachos (GRE)

Group D
22/03/13, 19:15, Andorra la Vella
Andorra - Turkey
Referee: Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Saulius Dirda (LTU)
Fourth Official: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)

22/03/13, 20:30, Amsterdam
Netherlands - Estonia
Referee: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Vitaly Drozdov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Kazmenko (RUS)

22/03/13, 20:30, Budapest
Hungary - Romania
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Welz (GER)

Group E
22/03/13, 18:00, Ljubliana
Slovenia - Iceland
Referee: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

22/03/13, 19:00, Oslo
Norway - Albania
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Davie Goossens (NED)
Fourth Official: Danny Makkelie (NED)

23/03/13, 18:30, Nicosia
Cyprus - Switzerland
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Fourth Official: Felix Zwayer (GER)

Group F
22/03/13, 14:45, Ramat Gan
Israel - Portugal
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michaël Annonier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

22/03/13, 19:45, Belfast
Northern Ireland - Russia
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)

23/03/13, 18:30, Nicosia
Luxembourg - Azerbaijan
Referee: Padraigh Sutton (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Gavin (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dermot Broughton (IRL)
Fourth Official: Neil Doyle (IRL)

Group G
22/03/13, 19:30, Vaduz
Liechtenstein - Latvia
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Steven McLean (SCO)

22/03/13, 20:10, Zilina
Slovakia - Lithuania
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Long (ENG)
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor (ENG)

22/03/13, 20:45, Zenica
Bosnia-Herzegovina - Greece
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Pol van Boekel (NED)

Group H
22/03/13, 20:45, Warsaw
Poland - Ukraine
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Fourth Official: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)

22/03/13, 21:00, Serravalle
San Marino - England
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Johannes Vogel (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Fourth Official: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)

23/03/13, 21:30, Chisinau
Moldova - Montenegro
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)

Group I
22/03/13, 20:45, Saint-Denis
Spain - Finland
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Fourth Official: István Kovács (ROU)

22/03/13, 21:00, Serravalle
France - Georgia
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)


  1. We have here a number of judges from a list of candidaties for the next WORLD-CUP-BRAZLI-2014. Since this year is CONFEDERATION-CUP so someone from this group will be taken into account. There is no Portuguese PEDRO PROENCA here, and Slovenia DAMIR SKOMINA. Portugues judge is a candidatien for the MMS-U-17 in PORTUGAL. Slovenien judge CHAMPIONS-LEAGUE match 1\8 BORUSIA - SHAKHTAR, under the supervision of a member of the FIFA. So SKOMINA is one candidatien for the CONFEDERATION-CUP.

  2. Anonymous16/3/13 19:48

    I hope Skomina will be appointed for FIFA Confederations cup!

    1. Anonymous17/3/13 13:26


    2. Anonymous17/3/13 17:23

      There is no better variants!

  3. Thomas H.16/3/13 20:02

    Clattenburg just pulled a hamstring and as a result, is not in charge of Manchester United - Reading. Lee Mason is his replacement. Hope it's not too bad...

  4. Another bad show by Mark Halsey in Premier League... The amount of horrible mistakes by this referee is scary. Those are mostly mistakes in SFP/VC when the referee must show red card.

  5. Another bad game performed MARK HALSEY, or does this mean for the experienced 52 yearsold REFEREE that it is time to retire

  6. I give you a link to a test for referees. It's the USSF Recertification Test for US state-referees.

    100 questions - 90 minutes - hardcore :D

    1. Too difficult for me, some questions are really hard.
      I should study more the rules of the game.
      By the way, there are also too easy questions, for example when it's asked what to do when the same player committs an offside infringement for the sixth time ;)
      Surely a red card there :D

    2. There is persistent infringing the LoTG in the rule book, so it's good question whether persistently being offside is persistent infringing the LoTG :)

      But everybody knows the answer for sure :D

  7. Thanks a lot for that, indeed, that's hard stuff..

  8. Anonymous18/3/13 17:15

    Do we know the referee observers for the WC qualifiers?

    1. Unfortunately no.

    2. I know only:
      Luxembourg - Azerbaijan (Marcel Vanelschocht - BEL)
      Azerbaijan - Portugal (Vasiliy Melnichuk - UKR)

      Mark Gavin has replaced Ciaran Delaney in LUX-AZE match.

    3. Slovenia - Iceland (Lass Isaksen - FAR)

    4. Hungary-Romania
      Ref: Stark (GER)
      Ref. observer: Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

      Ref: Clattenburg (ENG)
      Ref. observer: Mikkelsen (DEN)

    5. Nothern Ireland - Russia
      Referee: Kaasik (EST)
      Ref. Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

    6. Why Kaasik?
      The referee appointed for this match is Hagen.

    7. He meant NIR-ISR I think.

  9. I see here already two membersof FIFA.Ivanov for Stark , and Mikkelsen for Clattenburg.Here when it comes to an arbitror from Germany Stark, then I do not think that he was going to CONFEDERATION-CUP, because the judge already in the WORLD-CUP-2010, and ME-2012, and showed up with a weak hand, I bet it's definitely Clattenburg go to CONFEDERETION-CUP, because FINALE-OLIMPIC-GAME, judge very good.To is my tip.

  10. New Zealand have qualified for the intercontinental playoffs.

    1. I posted in the other discussion something happened in that match.


  11. Lannoy is doing well, but I only watch since the beginning of the second half. Portugal could be already "out" (no direct qualification) with that result.

  12. Nothern Ireland - Russia (Referee Tom Hagen)

    has been postponed and will be played tomorrow at 15:00

    1. Snow?

      By the way, it was incredible to read Israel Portugal 3-1, of course saying that with all the respect for Israel.
      Portugal is not that strong team, they have "only" Cristiano Ronaldo.

    2. Yes the field of play is full of snow. After a morning inspection of the officials Tom Harald Hagen with FIFA delegate decided to postpone the match.


    4. Thank you. Also in Bulgaria there are big problems for weather, but the match will be played, in a almost empty stadium.

    5. I remember that Bulgaria were not allowed to play with supporters this match (a sanction by FIFA).

  13. Good performance by Mallenco this evening, don't have anything to complain about. Match wasn't too challenging.

  14. Several penalties whistled yesterday, most of them seem to be correct.


    (strange gestures prior to whistle)

    Here I have several doubts, Edward what do you think? The situation appears to me not clear.

    (what a stupid foul by defender, the player had already crossed the ball)

    1. The penalty Kuipers gave is absolutely correct. The defender makes a stupid fall on his opponent's foot catching it. Penalty was given by AR2.

      Kuipers was overall good. Some small mistakes but all this doesn't count because yesterday there was only one team playing (Bosnia).

    2. I was stunned that the Macedonian defenders complaint at all regarding how clear the penalty was..
      Concerning Stark, there are no real gestures prior to his whistles, he only makes a body language which perhaps should underline his mental alertness and that he is closely watching the situations. The 2-2 was to my mind illegal, there was a foul by a striker before Romania scored.
      Gautier's penalty and sending-offs are to my mind ok, I try to make a report on his performance.

      Kakos with a good performance yesterday, but he could have sent off Dmitrenko for serious foul play (from behind).

    3. I also read that this behavior by Macedonian players lasted all match long, because Aytekin (in their opinion) didn't whistle two penalties, at first a handball, then another psossible foul.

      I would like to download this whole match.

    4. I have seen Stark in the second half full. But, to my mind, he wasnt that good at all. As admin has noted, 2-2 goal of Romania is a clear foul by attacker to defender. Stark has seen it perfectly, it is sad that he couldnt solve it.

      Both penalty is just ok. But, what theather fell-downs by players: especially Romanian players: summersaults in the air like an acrobat...

    5. Agree Nic with all the penalty assessments. And right, crazy that the MCD players reacted with such surprise - bizarre! YC for dissent perhaps to calm the situation.

      Also agree with edward that the Norwegian one should be given - perhaps even Red for DOGSO too.

      I want to see more of the penalties given by Gautier too - frequently we see the foul just as the player releases the ball, but referees not confident in selling the decision. Poor delay by Gautier but assisted well by AR1.

      Agree with Nic that the Frenchman needs to work on his control and charisma - very talented but you just feel a little coaching with his presence could work wonders ...

    6. Anonymous23/3/13 18:14

      A very clear given penalty by Kuipers. No doubt! Good teamwork.

    7. Hi Nikos, excellent remark about Gautier.
      Not all the referees are accustomed to whistle this kind of penalty, when the ball is already kicked by the fouled player. I share your opinion and I would like to see more referees acting in this way. There isn't still a consistency about that.
      Here in Italy in our serie A many cases like this happened, and there were big discussion. For example a penalty whistled by Orsato in Lazio-Cagliari, absolutely correct, when the keeper fouled the player after having already kicked the ball.
      It seems a trivial thing but it isn't.

    8. I remember the call you mean Chefren. But there, it was a bit different. The goalkeeper came naturally out (he had to do that) and was unable to escape the contact after the striker played the ball a few moments of a second before..this foul was just rude, mistimed and could have entailed even a straight red card.

    9. Yes, right, by the way I wanted just to underline that some referees follow always the ball and they don't whistle if a player is fouled after having passed or shot.

    10. I understood, I agree with you and Nikos in that way.

  15. This should also have been a penalty call.

    Kevin Blom in Norway-Albania.

    1. Another disappointing perfrmance by Blom, I can't believe hos he missed that penalty. The ball was absolutely away.

  16. Here, deep analysis of Kralovec' performance. I think it will be understandable after translating, if not, only ask here or there.

  17. Northern Ireland - Russia postponed, while USA - Costa Rica played.

    Where is the consistency?

    1. Nowhere actually. It shows that this decision is just based on the match officials' discretion..and they obviously drew different conclusions.

  18. 02:45 penalty missed by Aguilar

  19. There is a contact, but I can fully understand Aguilar's call. From his angle, it might have seemed like simulation as Dempsey fell quite easily.

    1. And here:
      the excellent offside call (with replay) by William Torres, he disallowed correctly a goal scored by Costa Rica, very difficult to detect in the snow, with the USA wearing a white shirt... I think top class eye.

  20. Anonymous25/3/13 14:50

    Spain - Finland, min. 55: penalty or no penalty?

    1. Do you have a video for this incident?

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